Hope Enlivened

By Pravat Kumar Padhy


He is driven to a world of different

In the isolation ward.


He contours yesterday’s rainbow of life:


With twin kids and his better half

Strolling in the park, swinging in the seesaw

Running after the colourful butterflies

Searching the ball in the bushes

And the spark of smiles in each step.


Today he dwells in the past

As if the clock stops for a while.

In the quarantine ward

In between the beds:

The sun sets for someone

And awaits

To enter into another darkness.


Like a tree

Struggling with the stormy wind,

Still, he dreams

The world is alive outside.

One day he will walk again

And greet his family

In the fresh morning sunshine.


Pravat Kumar Padhy has obtained his Masters of Science and Technology and a Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology, ISM Dhanbad. His poetry has been featured in many journals and anthologies. His poems received many awards, honours and commendations including the Editors’ Choice Award at Writers Guild of India, Sketchbook, Asian American Poetry, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival International Haiku Honourable  Mention, UNESCO International Year Award of Water Co-operation, The Kloštar Ivanić International Haiku Award, IAFOR Vladimir Devide Haiku Award, and others. His work is showcased in the exhibition “Haiku Wall”, Historic Liberty Theatre Gallery in Bend, Oregon, USA. His tanka, ‘I mingle’ is published in the “Kudo Resource Guide”, University of California, Berkeley. His poem, “How Beautiful” is included in the Undergraduate English Curriculum at the university level. His haiku, tanka and other poems on Corona pandemic have been published in Country Roads, Covid 19 Haiku Anthology, Lockdown 2020, Penning The Covid,The Alipore Post, and others.




I am a Woman & Covid 19: An Intruder

By Pravat Kumar Padhy

I am a Woman

the stones stack

one above another

in deep silence

void mingles with the wind

rumbling into the emptiness

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dark patches

of the colour of the skin

he screams aloud 

as if moon with its lost shine

hides behind the dense cloud

****        ****      ****

she fears to call

the wave by which name

layers over layers

she drags her footmarks

as the rain follows the rain

****        ****      ****


still frightens her

every evening

tears mingle

with her bereaved sea

****    ****    ****
wiping tears

gently from her face

with a needle of hope

she threads the pain in between

reading  life, like an anthology of poem

****    ****    ****

she reminisces

about events long gone by

floating leaves

gather patches  of shadow

mixed with receding sunshine

*****        *****      *****

holding the breeze

near the liberty square

she wishes

the sculpture to proclaim

her expression of tender pray

****     ****     ****

like an adrift tree

often she got bled and burnt

the woman of justice 

holds the beam balance,

the cover page of Social science

Note: These five-line poems are excerpts from the manuscript, “I am a Woman”

Covid-19: An Intruder


like a deep forest…

invisible invaders

axe everyone, like trees

falling silently into sleep

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all around

beyond the border

a tremor of panic

swollen eyes turn

into craters of stormy rain

****    ****    ****

since sunrise

he has been breathing hard  

a stone even feels

the pain of suffering

as he strides towards his last evening

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his last word

mingles with void…

we scream aloud

as the storm blows away

all the petals of our hope

****    ****    ****

aliens, if any,

might be wondering

about the planet

deep shadow of silence

eclipses under the trembling fear

****    ****    ****

dawn to dust

a long walk to the cemetery…

the last line

in the book of condolence

reads curse of the cruel Covid-19

****    ****    ****

seed of hope

lies under the soil

to sprout

wish for mankind to witness

the garden of flower and fragrance

Pravat Kumar Padhy has obtained his Masters of Science and Technology and a Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology, ISM Dhanbad. His literary work is cited in Interviews with Indian Writing in English, Spectrum History of Indian Literature in English, Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Poetry, History of Contemporary Indian English Poetry etc. His poems received many awards and commendations including the Editors’ Choice Award at Writers Guild of India, Asian American Poetry, Poetbay, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, UNESCO International Year Award of Water Co-operation and others. His tanka, ‘I mingle’ is featured in the “Kudo Resource Guide”, University of California, Berkeley. His poem, “How Beautiful” is included in the Undergraduate English Curriculum at the university level.


What can Stones Say?

Book Review by Namrata

Title: The Speaking Stone, A Collection of Poems

Author: Pravat Kumar Padhy

Publisher: Authorspress, 2020

Poetry is the language of the soul. As the world battles with a global pandemic which has no end in sight, poetry is perhaps the only respite we have to help us stay sane and survive during these trying times.

The Speaking Stone by Pravat Kumar Padhy is a poetry collection that makes you ponder and reanalyse everything around us including all that we have taken for granted till now – the environment, nature, our planet Earth and most importantly our lives. Spread across forty-two poems, Padhy manages to string together various emotions and brings forth the magic of the enigma called life, beautifully. 

Pravat Kumar Padhy is an award-winning poet whose work has been showcased across the world. With seven collections of verses to his credit, he also holds a place of honour in World’s Who’s Who.

Flipping through these poems, you realise the deep value Padhy has for art and literature. His writings reflect the strong urge to redefine life and its magnanimity. The title The Speaking Stone seems to have taken inspiration from the old adage — “What if the stones/ rocks could speak?”  Taking this saying further, Padhy has penned down the plethora of answers possible, if the stones could speak. What would they tell us and why — is the gist of the whole collection.

The poems featured in this collection range widely from human life to nature, from love to survival instinct, from greed to necessity and from merely existing to living. Some of his poems recount how one should cease to exist within the narrow boundaries of the society and explore life beyond those predefined boundaries. Others question the very existence of a man.

“In the string of evolution

We all are living particles of vibration

Musing the time to an infinite point

As time has neither a beginning nor an end.”

After reading some of the works of Padhy, one cannot help but wonder at the materialistic hunger which consumes a human being to an extent that it threatens to lead to self-destruction and yet refuses to die. What is that pushes a man to keep chasing goals? How much is enough? Is money the ultimate power which makes a man truly invincible or is it power? Are some of the questions that haunt you long after the book is over.

Life has different meaning for different individuals and still, at the core it remains an enigma for all of us. Moving beyond the parameters of religion and philosophy, Padhy tries to indulge in a genuine conversation with the reader which is both, stimulating and evocative.

“The sun never differentiates

Whether it is north or south

East or west.

It blazes itself to enlighten the world.”

Amidst all of this, he doesn’t fail to remind us, how in the eyes of the Almighty creator we are one. Beyond the barriers of caste, creed, religion and colour, lies one thing that binds us all – a heart full of love and hope.

The sense of belonging

Is rusted under his skull

In the crowd of diversities,

We are busy nailing

Nameplates of rich and poor,

Forgetting oneness

Of the entire human being.”

At a time, when we stand divided into fragments by our own thoughts, this collection is an imperative read. It urges us to look deeper within ourselves and explore the larger definition of life. Padhy motivates us to move beyond the ordinary and look for that extra, which can make our lives extra-ordinary. His powerful verses remind us the biggest religion above all is that of humanity. And his words denote the power of kindness and empathy, the much-needed elements for survival in today’s scenario.  To conclude, it is a read that shakes you, moves you and leaves you convinced that love alone, shall triumph at the end of it all.

Namrata is a lost wanderer who loves travelling the length and breadth of the world. She lives amidst sepia toned walls, fuchsia curtains, fairy lights and shelves full of books. When not buried between the pages of a book, she loves blowing soap bubbles. A published author she enjoys capturing the magic of life in her words and is always in pursuit of a new country and a new story. She can be reached at